Teen struck, killed on way to bus stop in Rowan Co.; driver charged

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ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. — A  teenager pedestrian, who was struck and killed Thursday morning near Salisbury, has been ID’d by school officials.

WSOC reported that Makinzy Jordan Smith, a junior at the West Rowan High School, was trying to cross Woodleaf Road to get to his school bus stop when he was struck around 6:52 a.m.

Investigators said the driver, Barbara Harrison Smith, 57, is charged with felony passing a stopped school bus. They are looking into whether the driver was distracted or speeding.

Crews performed CPR on the teen, but they were unsuccessful.

Read more: WSOC


  • Clint Lowe

    When will people start paying attention to what they’re doing? As a former school bus driver in Guilford County myself (many years ago), and the son of a current school bus driver (my mother has 25 years under her belt), I know all too well how common it is for people to ignore the flaming-red flashing lights of a stopped school bus. Increased fines don’t seem to work. What to do?

  • Tony Ryan

    This is an outrage! As the father of 4 children who all rode school buses I have seen this too many times. I went to court once as a witness in Iredell County. Unbelievably, the jury found the defendant not guilty! Maybe those jurors will see this and realize this could have been one of their children. God Bless this child!

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